The Camping World Truck Series is part of “10 Days of Speed” at Charlotte Motor Speedway, hitting the track on Friday night for the NC Education Lottery 200. Kyle Busch Motorsports introduces a new driver this weekend as Matt Tifft makes his season debut in the No. 51 ToyotaCare Toyota Tundra, the first of six races with the team in 2015. Tifft has raced in the ARCA Racing Series and the Truck Series, but will be making his debut at the 1.5-mile track in NASCAR’s backyard.
“Matt was able to make about 30 laps during our rookie test earlier this year at Charlotte and got up to speed really fast,” said crew chief Jerry Baxter on the KBM website. “It was good for him to be able to test since he doesn’t have a lot of experience on mile-and-a-half tracks and it was good for us as a team to get to know him a little bit and work on our communication. We’ll also have a couple hours of extra practice time on Thursday, which will be a good thing for us since it’s his first race and we are bringing a brand new Tundra. That will give us an extra set of tires and give Matt extra laps to get a feel for our trucks compared to what he’s been driving for the other teams and extra time to get acquainted with the track.”
After dominating last weekend’s Truck Series race at Kansas only to run out of gas with six laps to go, Erik Jones brings Dollar General to the No. 4 Tundra and Charlotte Motor Speedway for this weekend’s race. The last time Jones carried the Dollar General colors, be won the pole and the race at Phoenix last November – now he’ll be making his first start at Charlotte.
“We have a great mile-and-a-half program at KBM, so I’m always excited to get to those tracks,” said Jones. “We had the fastest truck by far last week at Kansas, but unfortunately in the end it came down to fuel mileage and we weren’t able to get the win. Although I haven’t made a start at Charlotte, I was able to go to KBM’s rookie test earlier this year and shake down Justin Boston’s truck. By doing that and making 10 or 15 laps, I was able to get a feel for the place and what is different about it compared to other intermediate tracks. KBM has had a lot of success with Kyle at Charlotte, so hopefully we can carry some of that over this weekend and get another win for Dollar General.”
Justin Boston recorded the best Truck Series finish of his career last weekend at Kansas – seventh – and hopes his recent string of finishes carries through when he makes his debut at Charlotte. In the last two races, Boston has moved up 10 spots in points from 18th to eighth. The driver of the No. 54 ROK Mobile Tundra feels he can apply some of what he learned at Kansas to his Charlotte debut.
“Those tracks are both fast mile-and-a-halfs, so it was nice to get a chance to be on a similar track the week before,” said Boston. “Running in the top 10 most of the race was a great momentum builder for us. We’re making pretty big improvements every week and as long as we keep doing that we will be in contention to win races soon.”
Qualifying for the NC Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte begins at 5:45 p.m. ET on Friday, with the race going green at approximately 8:30 p.m. ET. Keep up with the action at www.kylebuschmotorsports.com.